Wedding Dress Trends for 2021

December 10, 2020

For many brides, getting married doesn’t feel like it’s truly happening until they try on wedding dresses. The brides bring their mom, sister, and bridesmaids and come from all over to our boutique. We make it a special occasion, because it is!

With COVID-19 still around and all the restrictions in place, many weddings this year will be more casual and downsized, and often will be held outdoors. Unsurprisingly, these changes have affected bridal fashion and design in 2021. Designer and couture wedding gowns reflect these trends.

So let’s take a look at how bridal couture is changing in 2021 and get you ready to pick your perfect dress!

Short Dresses

With the rise in more casual events, short wedding gowns are becoming more popular. These short dresses are also perfect for a casual reception, if the bride is looking for a second dress to celebrate.

Many designers are coming on board with this trend and are showing shorter dress options. This style of wedding dress is also great for those brides who love showing off their favorite accessory: their shoes!

Short bridal gowns are a perfect match for an elopement. Paired with a jacket for cooler temperatures, or with a gorgeous bridal bouquet in the warmer months, a short wedding dress is the best match for a simple ceremony in any location.


Brides who are seeking something a little more traditional are looking at more dramatic dresses. With the cape, modern brides can go without a veil and instead use this as an elegant drape that flows behind them, making a beautiful silhouette and a stunning impression.

Another modern use of the cape trend is opting for a cape instead of a train. Capes attach at the shoulder or come across the shoulders, and usually stop right around the bride’s knees or calves, making for a breezy and comfortable adornment without the fuss of a train. Many brides this season are looking to make a statement at their outdoor wedding, and the cape is the perfect accessory for just that!

This means there’s no worry about dragging part of the dress onto a potentially dirty floor or the ground outdoors. Brides have many choices on the fabric and length of the cape, with many options that are just as dramatic as a train, but with a fun, modern twist.


Almost 40 years after one of the most famous royal weddings ever, the dress Princess Diana wore still inspires wedding dress trends. This year, it appears ruffles inspired by her ever famous look are being seen everywhere. However, these ruffles are much more sophisticated than they are dramatic. Longer layers and less bulk are key in making this trend look more modern and fashionable for 2021.

Fewer ruffles create more length, giving a nod to the boho trend that took over much of 2020. These more intricate ruffles mean even the most couture bridal gown can appear sleek and a little bohemian. Longer layers give these wedding gowns a timeless feel that will look great in pictures for decades to come.

Subtle Sparkle

Many brides who still want a little sparkle on their wedding dress aren’t seeking the endless amounts of shine that trended in previous years. A more subdued version of the bling of the past has become the look, as many brides are looking for that sparkle in surprising and subtle ways this year.

Gowns with shimmer and a slight shine are trending for 2021. Fabrics with a bit of a sheen are becoming more popular, while fewer sequins and other types of beading are being used. 2021 is definitely the year of “hidden shine.”. For many brides, this is a perfect compromise between the full-on sparkle of previous years and a traditional dress devoid of any shimmer.


For those brides who are looking for something completely standout, and as another nod to many bridal celebrations going more casual, pants have officially become a bridal trend for 2021. Most of these bridal pants sets are one-piece jumpsuits, but there are separate two and three piece options.

Bridal pants are still created with the same fabric and stylings as bridal gowns, just made as pants. This look is perfect for the bride looking for something more casual and comfortable, or that bride that is just not into full-on bridal gowns.

In many cases, the legs of the pants are wider, so they float and sashay much like a gown would. This trend is also a great match for a bride seeking a second “dress”, for their celebration, but also wants something altogether different rather than simply a different gown. Paired with the right jacket for the occasion, this trend can be fun, with a bit of a tomboyish nod.

This year will be a most unusual year for any bride looking for the perfect wedding gown. No matter what the style and personality of a bride, Sposa Mia Bridal has the perfect dress to match the celebration.

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